The Meaning of Madness

The Meaning of Madness

This book aims to open up the debate on mental disorders, to get people interested and talking, and to get them thinking. For example, what is schizophrenia? Why is it so common? Why does it affect human beings but not other animals? What might this tell us about our mind and body, language and creativity, music and religion? What are the boundaries between mental disorder and ‘normality’? Is there a relationship between mental disorder and genius? These are some of the difficult but important questions that this book confronts, with the overarching aim of exploring what mental disorders can teach us about human nature and the human condition.

Title:The Meaning of Madness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780992912734
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    The Meaning of Madness by Neel Burton"The Meaning of Madness" is about educating the public on mental disorders through open debates and getting people interested in this important and interesting top...

  • Michaela

    The Meaning of Madness opens up the topic of mental dieases. The author does a great work with asking quesions and providing answers from both points of view. The book is essay-like with lots of histo...

  • Peter

    As a general introduction to the issues of mental disorders, I could recommend this book. At 200 small pages, it cannot but remain superficial on all topics (schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorde...

  • Steven

    This was an interesting, if a bit unstructured, survey of mental illness and philosophy. While I appreciated the author's intertwining of the two, the structure of the book was difficult at times. Spe...

  • Carson hall

    (This "review" is for my purposes only). Mixed feelings on this one. I wasn't really happy with what looked like a cut & paste job to me, but I did find the information interesting. I do believe that ...

  • Jamie Brydone-Jack

    Helping to Bring Understanding to Mental DisordersHaving read several books by Dr. Neel Burton, I found myself pleasantly surprised reading this book about mental disorders. While I certainly enjoyed ...

  • Jerry Walch

    I received a copy of The Meaning of Madness: 2nd Edition as an advanced reading copy from Neel Burton. I had read the first edition of this book a year ago and was impressed by how Burton had made a t...

  • Eduard Barbu

    The book is a laymen introduction to personality disorders like schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder. For me, the book was a great information source and allowed me to better understand the con...

  • RedCharlieRun

    Fascinating and well presented. A helpful insight into mental health and a reminder of the complexities surrounding medical diagnosis of mental and personality disorders.I would recommend if you have ...

  • David Ross

    A smart little introduction to behaviour disorders like bipolar, schizophrenia and suicide. The origins and treatment histories are discussed as well as a host of statistical analysis common to each d...